Fake alderman busted by pastor

On July 5, 2012, in Identity Theft, by djeyli

Police said that a man in Chicago who is accused of impersonating an alderman, was busted by a pastor who is familiar with the real official.

Police said that a man called the Rev. John Harrell of Faith Community Baptist Church and claimed to be Alderman Michael Chandler, 24th district, when asking if the pastor would buy tickets to a play being held as a political fundraiser at the Goodman Theater.

Real Alderman Michael Chandler

Harrell, who knows the real Chandler, called police and an officer hid under a blanket in the church’s van when the religious leader met with the man, who in person claimed to be an aide to Chandler and sold Harrell phony theater tickets for $20.

Leon Swan, 52, was arrested and charged with falsely impersonating a public employee.

Swan, who was also charged with felony drug possession after heroin was allegedly found in his shoe, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Fake Alderman Michael Chandler a.k.a. Leon Swan

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